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    Sympatex Announces 100% Recycled Membrane

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

     Later this month, Sympatex Technologies will reveal an exciting new textile at Lineapelle, the international leading trade fair for leather goods in Milan (Sept. 20-26, 2016). It's an innovative new membrane that is made of 100% recycled materials. Sympatex textiles are commonly used in snowmobile gear/apparel due to their waterproof and windproof properties.

    PTFE-free and PFC-free, the Sympatex recycled membrane is made of polyether-ester that represents no health hazard and can be recycled according to standard practice – analogous to PET bottles. Unused membrane waste gets completely reprocessed. After the qualitative reprocessing, a new 100% recycled membrane is produced from the recycled material. By laminating the 100% recycled Sympatex membrane with a 100% recycled PES lining or outer fabric, the company creates a completely recycled mono-material Sympatex PES laminate.

    Besides the recycled membrane, Sympatex will also show high-performance technologies as well as new laminate developments in the footwear business division at the event.

     In the business unit “Apparel”, Sympatex already offers a range of laminates with recycled outer and lining fabrics, whose yarns were made of recycled PET bottles. Now, the “Footwear” division will also expand its portfolio accordingly: The Munich-based functional specialist will present a new three-layer warm lining laminate with recycled materials at the Lineapelle fair stand. The yarns of the plush lining material are also made of 100% recycled PET bottles. This recycled lining material makes up more than 80% of the whole laminate. Due to the top performance of the “guaranteed green” Sympatex membrane, the laminate is 100% waterproof and windproof as well as optimally breathable. Moreover, it is highly abrasion-resistant and can entirely become part of the recycling process after the end of the product life cycle.

    “The development of the 100% recycled Sympatex membrane is the next logical step of our sustainability strategy for us,” explains Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO Sympatex Technologies. “There is hardly another industrial product that gets closer to the customer than garment. So the customer has every right to expect us to be pioneers of health compatibility and also of constant efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. Against this background, we are particularly pleased about the growing awareness for ecological materials in the footwear sector as well.”

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